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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1: A soggy start

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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1: A soggy start

RICHMOND—The Redskins went out for their first training camp practice a little late due to a moderate, steady rain that had been falling all morning. Although they did wait a while to start letting fans into the Bon Secours training center, indicating that they might have been considering a change in the practice schedule, nothing changed after a delay to remove the tarps from the field, things got going about 15 minutes late.

Here are my observations from that practice, at least as many as I can read from my rain-soaked notebook.

Richard Crawford, who tore multiple knee ligaments about 11 months ago, came out onto the field without a brace or even a protective sleeve. That’s a good sign for him; he needs every rep he can get.

—The very first session of practice was dedicated to special teams. That is something new, perhaps denoting a new emphasis.

Josh LeRibeus was moving well during some O-line drill, drawing praise from position coach Chris Foerster. He seems to be in good shape but he still faced a tough battle to make the roster after the team drafted Spencer Long.

—Elsewhere, the running backs were running pass patterns. Alfred Morris ran a nice-looking route but the pass wasn’t quite on target. It was a bit high but catchable; however, the wet ball slipped through his hands.

—Although the field is wet it remains in pretty good shape. Some locals said that they made improvements to the drainage. If that’s the case, the system held up pretty well for its first test.

—Things were a bit bumpy for Robert Griffin III and the offense during the first set of 11 on 11 drills. During one four-snap sequence Griffin fumbled, then he had a miscommunication with Pierre Garçon as the receiver went one way and the pass went the other. The next play never got started as someone moved early and then the next snap resulted in a busted play.

—Things didn’t get any better. A little later in that set Griffin threw a short pass to Garçon too low. The quarterback dropped down and did about a dozen pushups as penance for his misplay.

Jordan Reed made a nice grab while going out of bounds. If he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit.

Kirk Cousins threw a pass across his body into a crowd of defenders. The only reason it wasn’t picked off was that the three defenders could decide who was going to catch it.

—On one play Keenan Robinson stayed with Reed across the middle and reached in and batted away the pass. I don’t see him getting knocked out of the starting job.

—CB Courtney Bridget did a nice job of staying with DeSean Jackson on a deep route. He stayed with the receiver step for step and either got a fingertip on the ball to knock it away or created a distraction. In any case, he got the job done and the pass was incomplete.

—The only receiver who has been around for a while who was working with special teams coverage units was Aldrick Robinson. He knows he will have to step up there to make the 53.

Lache Seastrunk can change directions quickly, even violently. On one run he cut up the sideline and tore out a couple of big divots out of the turn. He didn’t lose his balance in the process.

—Here is your second-team offensive line from right to left:

  • Tom Compton
  • Spencer Long
  • Mike McGlynn
  • Josh LeRibeus
  • Morgan Moses

—Your third-team OL, also right to left:

  • Compton
  • Kevin Kowalski
  • Tevita Stevens
  • Adam Gettis
  • Moses

There are only four tackles in camp so Compton and Moses pull double duty.

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.

Timeline

Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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